… to the Colorado Springs area chapter of the National Audubon Society.

We’d like to invite you to our next meeting! We offer free programs of interest to nature fans of all ages. Everyone is welcome. You can also find current information about upcoming birding trips, and/or plan to attend another birding event. Check our other links for helpful information, recent sightings, more birding opportunities, and ways you can get involved as an Aiken volunteer and/or citizen scientist. Interested? Click to learn more about Aiken Audubon. Finally, don’t miss the current issue of our newsletter, the Aikorns! We hope to see you soon.

Aiken News

  • Front coverThey’re here! The 2016 Aiken Calendars are printed and ready for you for a suggested donation of only $12. Proceeds go to support Aiken programs and support of local conservation. See more…
  • We hope you’ve put the Christmas Bird Count on your calendar for Saturday, December 19. Details and sign up…
  • We’ll see you on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, for our next program, “Identifying Raptors,” presented by Debbie Barnes-Shankster. Doors open at 6:30 at the Colorado Parks & Wildlife building on Sinton Road. (Directions)
  • Cancellation policy: In case of inclement weather, our monthly program will be cancelled if Pikes Peak Community College cancels its evening classes. A cancellation notice will also be posted here on our website. For field trips, the trip leaders will make the decision and notify participants, and we will also post the decision on this page and on the current field trip page.
  • Updates are constantly being added to our Conservation News page. Many require immediate action. More opportunities are found in the Citizen Science section. Don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference.
  • Aiken Audubon is seeking a couple of committee chairpersons: Program Chair and Education Chair, as well as a new Treasurer (an elected board position). Click here for more information.
  • Do you blog about birds? Tell us about your blog, then check out our ever-growing list of Aiken Audubon bird bloggers!

Look for the Aiken Audubon Society on Facebook. Wes, our Western Screech Owl mascot, will keep you updated with all the latest happenings, as well as photos and plenty of comments. See you there!

Birding News

  • Are you a Habitat Hero? Habitat Heroes are people who practice a form of landscape stewardship, called wildscaping—landscaping designed to attract and benefit birds, pollinators and other wildlife, large and small that help create bird-friendly communities. Learn more and fill out an application at Audubon of the Rockies’ website, habhero.org. This year’s deadline is October 15.
  • Pinello Ranch is looking for Volunteer Docents to help with any of the following: Guided Birding Hikes, Bird Surveys, Bird Banding Station and/or School Groups. Contact David Rudin to learn more: drudin@ppcf.org.
  • National Audubon has released their report on birds and climate change. You can see their conclusions on their website.
  • 10 Things You Can Do For Birds: Plant a garden. Be a citizen scientist. Join “Lights Out.” Your steps can make a difference. Learn more…
  • Did you know that National Audubon has a Raptor Map? This interactive map includes everything from raptor rehab facilities and Audubon nature centers to great places for hawk and eagle watching. Add your favorite raptor spot, share photos and leave tips for other birders. Learn more on our Local Birding page, or go directly to the map website.

Photos of the Moment

Lakin Grasshopper by EricEaton-001

Fully winged female Lakin Grasshopper, Melanoplus lakinus. Photo by Eric Eaton.

Have a photo you want to share? Send it to us at  AikenAudubon@gmail.com for possible inclusion here.